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Old 22-05-08, 16:03
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Hi i was wondering if anyone can give me any advice or reasurrance.

Grace had her 9 month check with the HV yesterday and she has advised me to see the dr to see if she needs to be referred to a specialist at the hospital as her head is only 40cm, it 'should' be about 44cm and its not growing at a'normal' rate. Her weight is 16lb 10oz and she is 69cm in length so she is tiny anyway and she looks in proportion to me. She was 6lb 2oz at birth (40+1) and only had a tiny head then 32cm and was 52cm in length so surely she's just going to be petite. I have to wait 2 weeks for the drs appointment and am obviously worrying.

Has any one experienced this with their lo and what happened?
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Claire x

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Old 22-05-08, 19:40
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sorry no experiance but she sounds perfectly porportioned to me.... i wouldnt worry she is proberly just following procedures and being cautious

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Old 22-05-08, 20:21
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Hi,
considering her head was small in relation to her height when she was born you'd think if they didn't worry then, why are they worrying now. Her head seems to be growing proportionally considering that 32cm starting circumference. Like Rachelmae said, i'm sure it's just routine and better to check things out than not i suppose although it doesn't stop us from worrying does it. Hope everything works out ok.
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Big hugs xxxx doctors always make us worry

When I took Chris for his 8 week check they measure his head circumference three times and came up with a different measurement each time...

It does sound like she's just cute!
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What centile is her head plotting on? Has it dropped centiles or following the curve? I'm sure it's nothing but always best to get it checked out, even just for your peace of mind

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It is important to look and see whether she is deviating from the curve she was on from birth till now. If she started out at small, then all is probably fine. If she started out normal or big and has now dropped down a centile then it should be checked out. (either way it does not hurt to check it out) Also, the same person should be measuring her each time cause like LB said, everyone measures a bit differently.

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Old 22-05-08, 22:43
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I was going to say the same as noababy. If her head has always been small in proportion to her body I wouldn't worry at all. My friend's little boy had a large head in proportion to his body (from birth) and HV's always put the heebie jeebies up his mum but you only had to take one look at his Daddy to see it's just his genetics and in the words of my pal "all the blokes in the family have a head like a football"

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What is she on all the centile lines? If they are all roghly the same then you really should worry. My daughter is on around the 25th for everything including head and the consultant said that shows she all in proportion. Its easy to say dont worry but being a mummy we do! Let us know what they say
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My sisters little boy is 2 months younger than Ollie and his head has been way below average since the beginning, he looks in proportion to me and the doctor says he is fine and that all babies are different.

I would follow the advice of the doctors but try not to let it worry you too much as I think that sometimes they worry you unnessasarily.
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Old 24-05-08, 16:21
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thanks ladies for all your hugs and reasurrance, in answer to some of your questions her head has dipped from 2nd percentile at birth to not even registering on the chart this is the reason for the referral, she's on the 25th for her weight and the 50th for her length, she doesn't look out of proportion to me just long and slim (doesn't take after me unfortunately) a bit scary but if there was something horribly wrong i think i would know in my heart.

Claire x

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